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Graduate Programs

We develop global thinkers to impact the future of production, supply, sustainability and well-being.

Our scientists shape the future of agricultural and life sciences through purposeful research and education, offering a wealth of inclusive, diverse programs to ignite your academic and professional future.

Degree Options

  • Professional Master: A Professional Master is a non-thesis degree that may require a project to graduate. This degree program is a strong choice if you do not plan to pursue a doctorate.
  • Master of Science (M.S.): The M.S. is a research-based degree that requires thesis completion. This degree program is a strong choice if you plan to pursue a doctorate.
  • Ph.D. and Ed.D.: The Ph.D. is a research degree for students planning careers in higher education. The Ed.D. is designed for students seeking careers in education administration. Students with clearly defined goals and who are passionate about their research do well in these intense degree programs.

Choosing the Right Program

Consider several factors when deciding to attend graduate school: Does your desired career path require an advanced degree? Will a graduate degree help advance your career or increase your salary? Which degree is suitable for your goals?

Still Unsure?

If you think a graduate degree will help you achieve your career goals but are still unsure, you can take courses without entering a degree program. Visit the Non-Degree Studies webpage for more information. If you later decide to enroll in a graduate program, up to 12 credits of appropriate courses can be applied to your graduate program.

CALS Graduate Programs and Directors

Our students pursue graduate and professional degrees in many areas. A graduate program director for each department can provide additional assistance.

Agriculture and Extension EducationWendy Warner (interim)Campus Box 7607
212 Ricks Hall
Agriculture and Resource EconomicsMelinda MorrillCampus Box 8109
4168 Nelson Hall
Animal ScienceVivek FellnerCampus Box 7621
319C Polk Hall
Fax: 919-515-6844
BiologyJohn GodwinCampus Box 7617
156 David Clark Labs
BiochemistryJoe BaryckiCampus Box 7622
150 Polk Hall
Fax: 919-515-2047
Biological and Agriculture EngineeringJohn J. ClassenCampus Box 7625
112 Weaver Labs
Fax: 919-515-6719
Crop ScienceCandace H. HaiglerCampus Box 7620
2321 Williams Hall
Fax: 919-515-7959
EntomologyMichael ReiskindCampus Box 7613
2326 Gardner Hall
Fax: 919-515-7746
Family and Community SciencesAnnie Hardison-MoodyCampus Box 7606
512 Brickhaven, 240
Fax: 919-515-2786
Food ScienceJonathan C. AllenCampus Box 7624
129G Schaub Hall
Fax: 919-515-7124
Functional GenomicsSpencer V. MuseCampus Box 7566
5276 SAS Hall
Fax: 919-515-1909
Horticultural ScienceGina FernandezCampus Box 7609
260 Kilgore Hall
Fax: 919-513-3191
Microbial Biotechnology and MicrobiologyMichael R. HymanCampus Box 7615
4545A Thomas Hall
Fax: 919-515-7867
Molecular Biotechnology CertificateMelissa SrougiCampus Box 7512
6123 Jordan Hall
Fax: 919-515-7867
Nutrition ScienceSuzie GoodellCampus Box 7624
218E Schaub Hall
PhysiologyPaul E. MozdziakCampus Box 7608
Scott Hall 321
Fax: 919-515-2625
Plant BiologyR. Lawrence BlantonCampus Box 7612
3203 Gardner Hall
Fax: 919-515-3436
Plant PathologyDorith Rotenberg Box 7253
Partners II 1400
Poultry ScienceKenneth E. AndersonCampus Box 7608
2711 Founders Drive
Soil ScienceMike MullenCampus Box 7620
3104 Williams Hall

Finding Your Wolfpack

Coleman Simpson has learned a lot about balance during his time as a CALS grad student and member of the Student Senate. “Balance is so important. It comes down to what’s going to fill you up when you need a break from academics.”

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Graduate Distance Education

Solve global grand challenges in agriculture and life sciences from wherever you are. CALS offers online and distance education graduate courses and certificates to suit your schedule and educational needs.

Research Facilities

Our important work extends beyond every lab and classroom wall.

We have on- and off-campus research facilities specifically equipped to support research programs. Graduate students work closely with our researchers, pioneering breakthroughs in their fields.

Financial Support

NC State offers graduate students financial assistance for tuition and living expenses, including fellowships/traineeships; teaching, research or service assistantships; federal work-study programs; and loans. For more information, contact the departmental director of graduate programs and visit the NC State Graduate School website.

Career Services

CALS graduates blaze paths with careers in academia, government, business and industry and graduate ready to turn complex problems into viable solutions for our state, nation and world.

We help put your degree to work. Make an appointment with a CALS career advisor to talk about graduate school and career options.

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